| At the University of Washington, an international applicant is defined as:
• one who is not a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or immigrant, or
• one who will require any type of visa to enter the U.S.
Below you will find a list of the minimum requirements for international applicants seeking admission to the Philosophy program at the University of Washington. We welcome applicants from overseas. This process is not meant to discourage applicants but instead to assist you in making an informed choice about whether or not to invest the considerable expense and time required in submitting a complete application. You may receive additional information by sending an email message to email@example.com.
Applicants must submit applications by January 1. Students are admitted to the graduate program for the autumn quarter only.
A minimum official TOEFL score of 600 (TOEFLC score: 250 or TOEFLI score: 100) is required unless you are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, or you have earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the U.S. or one of the countries listed above.
An official TSE score of 55 is required to receive departmental assistantships involving classroom duties unless you are a citizen of one of the countries listed above. A degree from the U.S. or one of those countries does not exempt you from this requirement.
The equivalent of a 4 year U.S. Bachelor’s degree. This is based on the following criteria: the country’s national system of education, type of institution attended, field of study, and level of studies completed. Policies at other institutions may differ.
The University of Washington requires official certification of adequate financial support from each international applicant. The total annual cost (12 months) of study is $62,921 in U.S. funds. (This cost is subject to change without notice.) Even if a graduate program is able to offer some funding, you may need to provide a portion of these funds personally.
Policy for students for whom English is a second language: All such students must meet the Graduate School requirements for the admission of international students.
In addition, the Philosophy Department has the following admission requirements:
- An 8-15 page paper in English
- A letter of recommendation addressing the applicant’s ability to speak and write English.
(This letter may count as one of the three required by all applicants.)
- Some students may be required to spend up to three additional quarters improving their English writing and speaking skills. Students who do not have adequate preparation in Western Philosophy may be required to take Ancient Philosophy (320), Modern Philosophy (322), Contemporary Philosophy (326), and Introduction to Symbolic Logic (120). Graduate credit will not normally be given for these remedial courses.
All applicants need to apply to the Philosophy PhD program via the University of Washington's Graduate School website.
- Send, by mail, one complete set of official transcripts to:
University of Washington
Office of Graduate Admissions
301 Loew Hall
PO Box 84808
Seattle, WA 98124-6108
In addition to completing the online application, all international applicants need to:
- Submit official GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytic) to the University of Washington using institution code 4854
- Submit official TOEFL scores to the University of Washington to:
University of Washington
Department of Philosophy,
Savery Hall, Room 361, Box 353350
Seattle, WA 98195
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